Matthew’s Classic Christmas

Matthew’s Classic Christmas

Christmas for me will always be filtered through my imagination and memories as a small child. Delicious aromas from the kitchen, trees burdened with decorations, branches of fragrant evergreens tied with bows. What I dislike is the commercialism. My secret for maintaining the magic is to escape manufactured “holiday cheer” and keep madness at bay by concentrating on...
Country Pursuits – Houses of History

Country Pursuits – Houses of History

In August I helped organize a Historic House Tour in my favorite town—Hillsdale, NY. Hillsdale was founded in 1788 and was (and largely remains) a farming community. It was famous for its dairy farms, providing much of the milk and butter for New York City in the 19th century. Hillsdale’s amazing history extends far beyond bovine concerns, however, and remains a Hudson valley hamlet surrounded by lilting, rural beauty and dotted with architectural...
Country Pursuits

Country Pursuits

Not long ago I joined the Hamlet Committee in my hamlet of Hillsdale, New York. One of the missions of the committee is to help beautify our historic, little town. Within a week of my joining the committee, I read in a local paper that the veterans were raising money for a new memorial to be placed near the town...
My “Entrance” into the World of Design

My “Entrance” into the World of Design

When I was around eleven, my parents bought an old farmhouse on five acres, directly behind the trailer park where I was born. It was my dream come true—a house without wheels! We planted a large orchard and an enormous vegetable garden, and we also started to raise chickens and...